Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: The Sweetest Dark

The Sweetest Dark
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lora Jones has had a hard life. After being found alone and mute wondering the streets of London, she was placed in an orphanage. To make matters worse, she hears music where there is no music and a mysterious voice in her head telling her that she is more than she seems. At the age of 16 she is selected to attend an elite boarding school at Iverson. The school is housed in an old castle and is sponsored by the local duke. Her future is changed when she meets two boys. One is the duke's younger son and the other is the school's grounds keeper. Both know information about her past, one is important to her future and both want to win her heart.

The Sweetest Dark is an historical fiction story set in 1915 that weaves in just enough supernatural elements to satisfy lovers of that genre. Lora is a character the reader will come to love and root for. She has overcome so many obstacles yet she is still strong enough to pursue love and question the actions of those around her. I found myself finding excuses to sit down with this book and I cannot wait for the second book to come out in late summer. With that said, the ending was great and would be satisfying as a standalone novel.

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1 comment:

  1. This is a story of fate. Of a prophecy told to the Heaven's that must be fulfilled and a love triangle that could make or break what has been long for told. A story during a challenging time during World War I that can only make you thankful that you were not there and to pity those who were. A story that will bring tears to your eyes only to send a wee smile to your lips before it reawakens the tears of sadness once again and leave you satisfied but longing for what has been, is and what is to come.